Crime

A Stillwater man and former Grantsburg, Wis., history teacher pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 15, to two counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Matthew Robert Koenen, 37, admitted to having a sexual relationship with two of his former students in August 2012. Both girls were 16 years old at the time of the incidents. According [...]

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Formal charges are expected against a 28-year-old Stillwater man suspected of fifth-degree assault. According to police reports, Anthony Christopher Eichten assaulted a 25-year-old friend in the parking lot of Lily Lake Elementary on the 2000 block of Willard Street West early in the morning Sept. 1. Police were called to Lakeview Hospital when a patient [...]

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Andrew Steele, a 39-year-old Wisconsin man, was charged on Aug. 29 with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the Aug. 22 murder of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol. According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched to the Steele home in Fitchburg, Wis., at 12:55 p.m. Aug. 22, in response to [...]

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  The victims of a double homicide in Fitchberg, Wis., will be laid to rest later this week. The funeral for Stillwater natives Ashlee (Putnam) Steele, 39, and Kacee (Putnam) Tollefsbol, 38, is planned for Friday, Aug. 29, in Stillwater. According to police reports, Steele and Tollefsbol were alledgedly shot to death by Steeleā€™s husband, [...]

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A 40-year-old inmate incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder for the Dec. 2, 2013, strangulation of a fellow inmate. Benjamin H. Beck was sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for the murder of Shane Copper. The sentence is to be [...]

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